Lebanese-style red lentil soup and thoughts on food.
21.March.2011 § 3 Comments
Mhmm, this is my comfort zone, a spicy, hearty soup with homemade pita and roasted cauliflower on the side. The recipe is after the jump, if you don’t mind my verbal meanderings about the power of food after wards.
First, let’s get out ingredients in order!
Sauté 3 cloves garlic and 1/2 tsp grated ginger in a little water or oil
add and lightly toast
½ tbsp cumin
½ tsp saffron or turmeric
Your kitchen is going to be rul aromatic at this point.
Then you add 2 cups pre-soaked red lentils (I covered them with water in a bowl in the morning, they drink up water pretty quickly)
6 cups water
2 vegan bouillon cubes
A few turns of your pepper mill
Cover and turn up the heat until it all starts boiling, a stir or two will do and you can bring the temperature down to low, letting the lentils cook and all the lovely flavors meld together. When serving top off each bowl with a little squeeze of lemon and a few droplets of olive oil.
I made this pita recipe (With 1/2 cup of water instead of a full cup) and it turned out really good! Most of them even formed pockets!
And now onto less-delicious matters at hand:
The recent cycle of stress eating (stress/feel awful, eat, feel worse, think “oh well maybe eating will make me feel better”, lie face-down on the ground for a while, feeling guilty, etc.) I’ve been going through is, I’m sure familiar to many- food is celebratory as well as nourishing and everyone has memories tied to food. I know, I do, I was strapped into a back-holster fit for a baby before I could talk and brought into a restaurant kitchen on the regular) Though this relation to food is beautiful, and gives us thousands of ways to express the basic instinct of “I love you- let me take care of you”, it has many people, including myself, turning to food in the hope that it will bring a celebration with it. This subconscious causality confusion can be painful, especially halfway through that bag of chocolate chips. It’s a chain of emotion that often leaves us hurt and confused about what’s meant to nourish us. I gained back ten of the fifteen pound I’d worked so hard to loose the past few months, but more than that- low energy levels and mood swings just compound the stress and make it difficult to pull yourself up and dust yourself off. But it has to be done. Have you ever had difficulties with your relationship with food? What helped you normalize it?
I’m curious to hear other people’s stories. And I would like to make a pledge to myself and well being-
I will work to stop relying on salt,sugar and fat as an emotional crutch and work towards healing with a refocusing on whole, unprocessed foods, exercise and de-stressing activities. I cannot let others control my emotions, I cannot let my emotions control what I eat and I cannot let what I eat control me. I will treat my body like the beautiful machine it is and I will treat myself with the respect I deserve.
What pledges have you made to yourself? How do you work to achieve them?
I hope you are all taking care,